March 18, 2020

 

An Urgent Directive to the Clergy and Congregations of the Anglican Diocese of the West:

Mandatory Suspension of Church Gatherings

-- From: The Rt Rev’d Dr Felix Orji, OSB ECCK

 

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” -Philippians 4:6-7

 

Dear Friends,

 

Effective immediately, I am directing all parishes within our Diocese to suspend all church-related public gatherings for the next two weeks.  This includes all church services and social gatherings related to your church and congregations. If for some reason you feel you must continue to gather for worship, the Rector must inform me in writing and include the consent of the Vestry of the parish. Be aware that your decisions and actions may have legal implications for the church if mishandled. 

 

Please note this directive is for the next two weeks or more, depending on your local authorities, city ordinance, or state. This is a critical period in curtailing the spread of the Coronavirus as stated recently by the Centers for Disease Control. I will alert you of future changes to this directive.

 

This action will demand a significant sacrifice for all of us. However, we must act now in the best interest of the common good so that our ministry and mission are not hindered in the future.  

 

I recommend the following actions to keep our congregations connected and engaged with the Church:  use your Internet and Social Media directors to set up a Live Stream every Sunday to allow parishioners to virtually attend services.  This can be done via your Church’s Facebook page or Instagram account.  You might also consider using another phone or digital camcorder to video your services and uploading those videos to your Church’s YouTube page for viewing at any time.

God will guide us in how to take advantage of digital applications to ensure that our congregations receive His word, pastoral care, and fellowship. 

 

The financial viability of parishes and our diocese is a legitimate concern for many clergy and vestries, so I strongly urge you to continue to give to your churches during this time.  

 

As we look unto Jesus, who is the author and finisher of our Faith, I ask each of you to do whatever it takes within the bounds of faith and reason to support and encourage one another, especially the elderly and the vulnerable within and outside the church. He remains sovereign over us and our present circumstances. He is with us and will see us through. 

 

Let us continue steadfastly in prayer, trusting the Lord for his gracious and powerful intervention in protecting us, healing the sick, and glorifying his name in this time of crises. 

 

Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. -Joshua 1:9 

 

Yours in Christ,

 

The Right Reverend Dr Felix Orji, OSB. 

Diocesan Bishop | Anglican Diocese of the West

Missionary Bishop | USA & Canada

Church of Nigeria(Anglican Communion). 

 

 
 

SYNOD 2019

SYNOD 2019:
Anglican Diocese of the West Synod Information
June 6-9, 2019
Toronto, Ontario, Canada. 

April 3, 2019
Our Diocesan Synod this year is June 6-9. 

We begin on Thursday evening June 6 and finish with a Festal Eucharist/Investiture on Sunday, June 9 at All Saints Anglican Church in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. 

SYNOD REGISTRATION
There is a registration fee of US $120 per person

(Clover Give internet registration or checks made out to the Diocese of The West) prior to your arrival to Synod.

The registration fee will help to cover some of the costs of the Synod including the dinner on Thursday, June 6 and lunch on Friday, June 7.

Rectors or Catechists in charge of parishes should complete the Registration Form. There are two ways to register. You can register in either of these two ways:

First, you can register via the internet using Clover Give. Here is the direct link to the Diocesan Registration Form and payment instructions.

https://forms.ministryforms.net/viewForm.aspx?formId=445cc8c8-6398-4f06-9697-97c0d8883695

Second,  you can instead opt to complete the Registration Form below and return it with your checks as soon as possible to JoAnn Casper at the Diocesan Office. If you intend to be included for Synod dinner on June 6, you must send in your registration with your registration fee to arrive the Diocesan Office in El Paso by Monday, May 27. Checks(US $120 for Each Person) are to be made to the Diocese of The West and mailed to : 

JoAnn Casper
Diocesan Office

St. Francis Cathedral 
470 Eagle Drive
El Paso, TX. 79912. 
Phone :915 584-5967

Here is the Registration information we need from each candidate:

*DIOCESE of THE WEST Synod Registration Form 

REGISTRATION FEE FOR EACH REGISTRANT is $120

First Name:                                     

Last Name:

Title: 

Name of Church: 

Church Address:

City:

State & Zip Code:

Cell Phone: 

Email Address:

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The venue for our Synod deliberations is Crowne Plaza Hotel Toronto Airport, 33 Carlson Court, Toronto, Ontario, M9W 6H5, Canada. The hotel can be contacted at 416-675-1234 or 1 877 531 5085.

The airport is about 7 minutes drive from Pearson International Airport in Toronto and about three hours or less drive from Buffalo/Niagara International Airport in New York State. American citizens must present your Passports in order to be admitted into Canada.  

Our Plenary speaker, The Rev’d John Stonestreet,  will give three talks on “Making Sense of Your World: a Biblical Worldview”. John+ is the President of Colson Center for Christian Worldview and Co-host of BreakPoint, a nationally syndicated commentary founded by Charles Colson. 

I expect all clergy to attend, unless one has an unavoidable conflict. Clergy and Postulants are to arrive on Wednesday June 5th for Clericus at 7:30PM that evening. It is the responsibility of parishes to ensure (by providing the finances for registration, hotel accommodation, travel costs) that all clergy in their parish attend Diocesan Synod as attendance is not optional for clergy. Each congregation should have 2 lay representatives in attendance. It is perfectly great to have as many as possible to attend the Synod. 

Elections to the Standing Committee

During our Synod we will also elect two people - one clergy and one lay person - to the Standing Committee. If you have any nominations, please forward the name to Venerable Dr. Myles Calvin at chaplainmcalvin@gmail.com or (915) 383-4422. You must submit your nominations by April 30, 2019. 

Book your Hotel Accommodation

You should book your rooms at the hotel as soon as you can if you intend to stay there. The hotel will give you the rate for our Diocese which is $119 a night from June 2 to June 11, 2019 if you book before May 3, 2019. Any booking after that day will be at their regular summer rate, which could range from $139 -$249 a night.

To book your rooms please call 877-859-5899 and state that you are with “Anglican Diocese of the West(CANA)” to receive the special rate by quoting the block code CWD. 

You can also use the following link to book you rooms:

https://book.passkey.com/gt/217272761?gtid=6b94bba5a6e344c932e60afb14d31634

Please be cognizant of the following dates:

Last day for maximum 20% reduction in guest rooms – Friday April 5

Cut-off date for rooms – Friday May 03

Catering details due – Monday May 13

The contact person for the Diocese at the hotel is Mr. ROBERT MEYER At 416-675-4730. 

You may also contact our Archdeacon for Canada, Venerable Dr. Barnabas Emenogu at : 1 (647) 778-8318or bc.emenogu@sympatico.ca

Grace and peace be yours in abundance through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.- 2 Peter 1:2

 

Warm Regards,
The Rt. Rev'd Dr. Felix Orji, OSB  

Anglican Diocese of the West
Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion)

St. Francis Cathedral Church

470 Eagle Drive

El Paso, Texas, 79912

www.dioceseofthewest.org

www.stfrancisep.org

"We are justified by faith alone, but not by a faith that is alone. True faith always yields the fruit of obedience to one degree or another." Dr. R. C. Sproul